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User-facing Tools: These tools enable and promote the discovery and adjustment of user preferences. Preference editors come in different shapes and sizes and offer a range of levels of complexity, from a limited selection of preferences to full GPII account management.
The availability of a given preference editor will often be context-dependent (e.g. a simple tool with a limited selection of preferences may be presented at a bus terminal), or may be determined by the user where more than one option is available (e.g. the user may choose to use a simpler tool always, or only in a given situation).
Preference Management Tool (PMT), Personal Control Panel (PCP), Explore Tool, First Create Tool
Preference filters: Tags are non-hierarchical keywords assigned to preferences and preference families. They help to describe the preferences and allow them to be found by searching. All preferences and preference families will have at least one tag and will often have multiple tags. Tags may include technical terms, clinical terms, common language, etc.
Examples: visual alternatives, vision, size, font, hearing, seeing, keyboard, speak text, cerebral palsy, larger, colour
Collections of context-specific preferences:
Preference sets are collections of individual preference values chosen by a user. Preference sets are stored in the cloud to allows a user to apply the same preference set across multiple devices. For example, a preference set created on a desktop and saved to the cloud can be called up and applied to an automated teller machine at the bank.
The 'Base Set' is the first preference set a user starts with. The 'Base Set' gets applied to all devices under any conditions - unless the device is effected by a more specific preference set. New sets are created on top of the Base Set preferences. A user can modify, add, or remove existing Base Set preferences to create a new set.
Conditions, such as devices, applications, times, and locations, can be specified to new sets. Preference sets with conditions are automatically applied every time the device detects the user is at the specified conditions.
Not all context-specific preferences are added as new sets. For example, to have the brightness of a screen change depending on the lighting conditions could be presented as a preference instead of having the user create a new set.
Examples: base set, home set, phone set....